Create a Tower of Climbing Annuals

Some feature plants are best grown in pots where they are much easier to view and care for, and you can put them at center stage. These morning glories (Ipomoea purpurea) grow very quickly from seed sown in the spring.

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Morning Glories Grown Quickly from SeedsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1

Arrange a wigwam of canes or old stems, such as stripped forsythia, around the edge of a container filled with potting mix. The wigwam doesn't need to be very neat—the stems will soon be obscured by the climbing plants.

Container Gardening for Climbing PlantsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Tie the tops of the stems together. Then wrap string or raffia around the canes, about halfway up, to strengthen it. After planting, add more at different heights to make it easier for the climbers to spread across the frame.

Tie Bamboo Rods with Raffia RibbonEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Make planting holes by each support with a trowel or spoon. Remove the seedlings carefully from their pots. Gently pry apart the plants, handling them by their leaves, not the delicate stems. Plant one in each hole.

Seedlings for Climbing PlantsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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